|Making Labs ... Happy? -- Groks Science Show 2014-03-05 - Groks Science Show|
Why do lab supplies cost so much? How much waste does scientific research generate? Is there a way to make science more efficient? In this episode we interview Tom Ruginis, founder and Chief Happiness Officer at HappiLabs -- a company that aims to improve the happiness of scientists and the quality of their research.
Keywords: research; lab supplies; economics; community; sustainability
|The Wizard of Menlo Park -- Groks Science Show 2014-02-26|
Topping Life magazine's list of the most important people of the last 1000 years, Thomas Edison is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest inventors. His influences on industry and technology remain with us today, over 80 years after his death. Joining us for this program is Edison biographer Leonard DeGraaf to discuss the life and works of the historic innovator and businessman, Thomas Edison.
Keywords: Thomas Edison; Edison; Innovation; Leonard Degraaf; Inventor; Biography
|Investigating Healthy Minds-- Groks Science Show 2014-03-12 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Most people would agree that a biological understanding of mental illness is an important effort and, accordingly, it is widely pursued. But how often do you hear about researchers investigating positive qualities such as mindfulness, compassion, and creativity? Today we'll talk with Dr. Richard Davidson, neuroscience professor at the University of Wisconsin and director of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds...
Keywords: Brain plasticity; Mental health; meditation; Buddhism; compassion; mindfulness; brain imaging; neuroscience; Richard Davidson
|Planet of the Apes -- Groks Science Show 2014-02-19 - Joanna Rowell|
What can our closest living relatives - great apes like the chimpanzee and bonobo - teach us about ourselves? Are we the only species that tells lies or wages war? Do other apes have culture? On this episode, Dale Peterson joins us to discuss these fascinating, yet sadly endangered, animals.
Keywords: Dale Peterson; primates; apes; chimpanzees; Jane Goodall; bonobos; conservation
|Neutrino Hunters- Groks Science Show 2014-02-12|
Trillions of subatomic particles called neutrinos are zipping through our bodies every second of every day. If that gave you goosebumps, don't worry because they're very shy and rarely interact with other matter- a property that makes them difficult to detect. Astrophysicist Dr. Ray Jayawardhana joins us today to discuss the hunt for neutrinos, the elusive elementary particle that brings news from distant stars and can help us understand the nature of antimatter...
Keywords: Groks; neutrinos; Jayawardhana; groks science show; particle physics
|Mathematical Universe -- Groks Science Show 2014-01-22 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
What is the nature of reality? And, how can math provide the answers? On this program, Prof. Max Tegmark discussed the ultimate nature of reality.
Keywords: science; physics; math; groks
|Seahorses and Jellyfish and Copepods, Oh My! -- Groks Science Show 2013-02-05 - Chenan Zhang|
Dr. Brad Gemmell gives us a glimpse into the secret predatory lives of seahorses, and describes how we are getting ideas from the anatomy of the jellyfish for designing vehicles for water and air travel, along with many other ways in which the wonderful world under the sea inspires and teaches us.
Keywords: Groks; Groks Science Show; Brad Gemmell; Marine Science; Seahorse; Jellyfish; Predation
|Monkey's Voyage -- Groks Science Show 2014-01-29 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
How do the species of the world wind up in their geographical locations? On this episode, Prof. Alan De Queiroz discusses ocean crossings and speciation.
Keywords: science, evolution, groks, ocean crossings
|Evolution of the Eye -- Groks Science Show 2014-01-15 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The wide array of eye designs in the animal kingdom reflects the critical role that sight plays in the well-being of an animal. Today, ophthamologist Dr. Ivan Schwab tells us the story of eye evolution, beginning with the first photoreceptive compounds and taking us through some of the most interesting and strange eyes known. We'll also learn a bit about our own eyes, how they work, and how we compare to other animals.
Keywords: Groks; Groks Science Show; eye; evolution; Ivan Schwab
|Chasing Shackleton -- Groks Science Show 2014-01-08 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Sir Ernest Shackleton's journey to Antartica is best known for the heroic and epic tale of survival that ensued following the initial disasters that were encountered. On this program, Tim Jarvis discussed recreating Sir Ernest Shackleton's epic voyage of survival.
Keywords: science; survival; Shackleton; Tim Jarvis; groks
|Unconquered -- Groks Science Show 2012-03-28 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The Amazon is one of the last unspoiled territories, where the indiginous tribes have remained largely untouched by modern civilization. On this program, Scott Wallace discussed the unconquered tribes of the Amazon.
Keywords: science; anthropology; amazon; fleicheros; groks
Downloads: 2,913 (1 review)
|Musical Brain -- Groks Science Show 2007-12-05 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Music has powerful emotive and expressive qualities that transcend its description as a purely physical phenomenon. This is of course due to how the brain processes musical information. On this program, Prof. Daniel Levitin discussed the musical brain.
Keywords: science; music; neurobiology
Downloads: 6,511 (1 review)
|BRAIN Initiative -- Groks Science Show 2014-01-01 - Steve Briscoe|
In April, 2013, the Obama administration unveiled an ambitious plan to better understand the human brain and the causes of its dysfunction. They called it the BRAIN initiative. How can scientists rise to this momentus challenge? What can we reasonably expect in the next few years? Our guest, neuroscientist Partha Mitra, offers background and insight.
Keywords: BRAIN initiative; Groks; Partha Mitra; neuroscience
|Brain plasticity – Groks Science Show 2013-10-16 - Chenan Zhang|
Our prior belief of the brain as a static and unchanging organ is being replaced by a new understanding of the versatility of the brain throughout life. Brain plasticity, which involves changes occurring in our brain that allow us to learn and function in response to new experiences, happens not only early in life but also in adulthood, as well as in response to traumatic brain injury. Dr. Michael Merzenich, professor emeritus of neuroscience at the University of California, San Francisco, joins...
Keywords: Groks; Groks science show; Brain plasticity; Michael Merzenich; Cognition
|Don Norman: Emotional Design [ETCON2004] - Donald A. Norman|
[Full title: Emotional Design: The Principles] Don Norman used to be known as a critic of unusable things but now, he says, he has changed. He has transformed himself into an advocate for pleasurable, enjoyable products. Beauty is good, says Norman. Successful products should a pleasure to use, and convey a positive sense of self, of accomplishment, and pride of ownership. In this keynote address, Norman shares work from his latest book, Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things...
Keywords: ETCON 2004; Conference Proceedings
|A Beautiful Mind -- Groks Science Show 2002-05-01 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The life and times of mathematician John F. Nash Jr. have garnered a great deal of attention since the release of the popular movie, A Beautiful Mind, chronicled events in his life. This show featured an interview with Sylvia Nassar, the author of Nash's biography, who discussed Nash's struggles with math, schizophrenia, and the Nobel Prize.
Downloads: 6,331 (3 reviews)
|String Theory -- Groks Science Show 2005-03-02 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Physicists are constantly searching for 'elegant' theories that describe the universe. One such theory, string theory, has the potential to unify the disparate theories of quantum mechanics and general relativity. We discussed this theory with Prof. Brian Greene of Columbia University.
Keywords: Science; physics; string theory
Downloads: 14,082 (2 reviews)
|10,000 Year Feast -- Groks Science Show 2013-12-25 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Are current trends in food production and consumption sustainable? To understand the challenges that humanity faces, we look back at how past societies adapted to food shortages. On this program, Junko Habu discusses findings from the Jomon civilization from the perspective of cultural anthropology and its implications for global climate change.
Keywords: food, Jomon, sustainability, diversity, adaptation, climate change, starvation
|Love and Math -- Groks Science Show 2013-10-23 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The subject of mathematics often seems dry and removed from reality. This is largely because the true beauty of mathematics is rarely conveyed when the subject is taught. On this episode, Prof. Edward Frenkel discussed the hidden reality of math and the Langlands program.
Keywords: science; math; Langlands program; Edward Frenkel; groks
|Dark Matter and Energy -- Groks Science Show 2007-05-16 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Dark matter and dark energy comprise most of the known universe. But, what are the constituents of dark matter and energy? On this program, Dr. Dan Hooper from Fermilab discussed the dark cosmos.
Keywords: science; dark matter; physics
Downloads: 10,344 (1 review)
|Fracking -- Groks Science Show 2013-08-28 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has been lauded as the solution to the peak oil problem, and will provide hundreds of years of cheap energy. But, the reality is very different. On this program, Richard Heinberg discussed the false promises of fracking.
Keywords: science; fracking; energy; oil; peak oil; groks
|Alzheimer Research -- Groks Science Show 2009-09-02 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Alzheimer research has rapidly advanced in the past several years, yet simple daily habits may be even more important for preventing the onset of the disease. On this program, Mark Underwood discussed Alzheimer research and prevention.
Keywords: science; alzheimer; neuroscience; disease prevention; groks
Downloads: 4,552 (1 review)
|Disovering Bird Species -- Groks Science Show 2013-11-20 - Tom Stewart|
In this episode, Ben Winger, PhD Candidate at the University of Chicago, discusses his research on how new species of birds evolve and his work in the Peruvian cloud forests.
Keywords: Groks; Science; Bird; Evolution; Science; Evolution; Birds
|Space Robots -- Groks Science Show 2013-11-06 - Joanna Rowell|
Over the past 40 years, we’ve learned a great deal about the surface of Mars, the moons of Saturn, and the origins of our universe. On today’s show, Chris Impey, an astronomer from the University of Arizona and coauthor of Dreams of Other Worlds, joins us to discuss how unmanned space exploration has shaped our understanding of distant worlds.
Keywords: space; robots; groks; science; astronomy; NASA; Chris Impey; Holly Henry; Voyager; Mars; Hubble
|Moral Brains -- Groks Science Show 2007-04-25 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Morality often is considered a largely sociological issue. However, recent advances in neurobiology are demonstrating that human brains are wired for morality. On this program, Prof. Marc Hauser from Harvard University discussed the biology of morality.
Keywords: science; morality; biology
|Self-Driving Cars -- Groks Science Show 2013-09-04|
Today we talk with Dr. Steve Underwood of the Connected Vehicle Proving Center at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. With several car companies promising to release nearly self-driving cars in the next decade, it's a good time to discuss what these cars actually do and how they might benefit us. Dr. Underwood tells us about why we might want a self-driving car, the state of the industry, and what we can expect in the near future.
Keywords: groks; groks science show Self-driving cars; autonomous vehicles; connected vehicle proving center; Steve Underwood
|Jack and the Microbiome -- Groks Science Show 2013-01-16 - Joanna Rowell|
Bacteria are everywhere. They have been on Earth for 4 billion years, and have permeated every environmental niche on the planet, including our own bodies! We are, after all, composed of 10 trillion human cells and 100 trillion bacterial cells. But how do you study the Earth's microbiome, and what influence do these bacteria have on our daily lives? On this episode, microbial ecologist Jack Gilbert joins us to discuss a very exciting collaborative study, the "Earth Microbiome Project."
Keywords: groks; Jack Gilbert; ecology; microbiology; microbe; bacteria; microbiome; big data
|Twister Theory -- Groks Science Show 2005-03-16 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
While superstring theory dominates the landscape of unified field theories, alternative theories exist, such as twister theory. On this program, Sir Roger Penrose discussed the structure of the universe and quantum consciousness.
|The Gap -- Groks Science Show 2013-12-11 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Humans seem very distinct from other animals, but what is it about the human mind that truly defines us as uniquely human? On this episode, Prof. Thomas Suddendorf discussed the gap between humans and other animals.
Keywords: science; evolution; Humans; primates; minds; groks
|Theory of Almost Everything -- Groks Science Show 2013-08-14 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The Standard Model aims to explain phenomena of the very small and the very large. Yet, not quite everything in the universe can be explained by it. On this program, Thomas Buckholtz joins us to discuss complementary mathematics to bridge gaps in the Standard Model.
Keywords: mathematical physics; bosons; quarks; higgs; standard model
|Now And Then, Here and There: Editing - Jason Scott|
Presentation by Jason Scott at Notacon 5 in Cleveland, OH. Now and Then, Here and There: Editing. Starting from the story of hitting a coyote, Jason Scott describes the nature of editing, our growing roles as editors of our own lives and content, and the future directions editing can take. Hints about the process are given, as well as a number of anecdotes related to Jason's own projects.
Keywords: editing; documentary; Jason Scott; Notacon
Downloads: 2,253 (2 reviews)
|The Wealth of Data - Future Lab|
In ancient Greece, potters would never have believed the vases they created, donning a vast array of inscriptions about daily life‚ would fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction. They also would have not guessed how much precious information about their (and our) civilization would be gleaned from this pottery. Today, millions of pieces of text, audio and video are being posted on the Internet...
Keywords: brewster kahle; future lab; future lab podcast; U.C. Berkeley; archiving; Jim Held; Michael Franklin; AMPLab; Intel Labs
|Countdown -- Groks Science Show 2013-11-27 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The population of the world continues to grow, but can the earth sustain it? On this program, Alan Weisman discussed sustainable population growth.
Keywords: science; population growth; groks
|Science of Oakland -- Groks Science Show 2013-10-09 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
What happens when old friends meet again? Wildness ensues. On this episode, our man on the street Vikram Kulkarni, joins us to talk about the science of Oakland.
Keywords: Nobel Prizes; gravity; nuclear power; high-speed rail; MBSR; stress relief; iPhone
|Paneled Mind -- Groks Science Show 2013-12-04 - Groks Science SHow|
Dr. Dwayne Godwin contributes regularly to Scientific American in the form of neuroscience comics. With co-author Jorge Cham, Dr. Godwin makes complex issues in neuroscience accessible to a broad audience. Today we'll discuss his creative process and goals for the series. A great way to learn about the brain!
Keywords: Dwayne Godwin; Jorge Cham; neuroscience; comics; outreach
|Relaxation through Neurogenesis -- Groks Science Show 2013-10-02|
Anxiety disorders are a part of life for millions, possibly billions, of people around the world. Sadly, that's nothing new, but there has been a revolution in our understanding of these disorders. Dr. Mazen Kheirbek joins us to talk about anxiety disorders, adult neurogenesis, and the hippocampus.
Keywords: Groks; neurogenesis; adult neurogenesis; Kheirbek; Columbia; Hen; Rene Hen; anxiety; PTSD; OCD; post traumatic stress disorder; dentate gyrus; hippocampus; neurogenesis; adult neurogenesis; Kheirbek; Columbia; Hen; Rene Hen; anxiety; PTSD; OCD; post traumatic stress disorder; dentate gyrus; hippocampus
|Everything Pill -- Groks Science Show 2013-11-13 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The range of mental conditions is part of daily life, but at what point do downturns become pathological? On this program, Dr. Steven Walker discussed weighing therapy and pharmaceutical treatments for mental conditions.
Keywords: science; psychology; groks
|Multiverse -- Groks Science Show 2002-01-23 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
A multiverse is a theoretical construct that could describe the alternative realities that may exit simultaneous with our own. This program focused on the possibility of just such a reality.
|Body Rhythms -- Groks Science Show 2008-04-16 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The human body is regulated by multiple physiological processes that cycle throughout the day. On this program, Jennifer Ackerman discussed the science of body rhythms.
Keywords: science; physiology
|Our Inner Ape -- Groks Science Show 2006-03-08 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The evolution of human behavior is easily highlighted in comparative studies with our nearest relatives, chimpanzees and bonobos. On this program, Prof. Frans de Waal discussed Our Inner Ape.
Keywords: science; apes; monkeys; evolution; simian
|Einstein and his miraculous year -- Groks Science Show 2005-11-16 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
In the year 1905, Albert Einstein published five papers that changed the face of modern physics and led to two Nobel Prizes, including one for Einstein himself. On this program, Prof. John Stachel discussed Einstein and the importance of each of these papers.
Keywords: Science; physics; relativity; Einstein
Downloads: 9,045 (2 reviews)
|Heaveny Physics -- Groks Science Show 2011-10-12 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Modern physics may seem remote from our daily lives, yet the discoveries in the field have the potential to change how we view the world. On this program, Lisa Randall discussed how discoveries in modern physics shape the world around us.
Keywords: science; quantum mechanics; cosmology; physics; groks
|Infinite Beginnings -- Groks Science Show 2011-09-07 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
How are explanations of the world developed and how do we sort good and bad explanations? Is there a limit to our knowledge of the world? On this program, Prof. David Deutsch discussed the beginning of infinity.
Keywords: science; philosophy; knowledge; infinity; groks
|Rational Animal -- Groks Science Show 2013-09-25 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Human behavior is often viewed as being eminently rational. However, modern psychology has shown that behavior is often guided more by evolutionary constraints. On this program, Prof. Douglas T. Kenrick discussed the evolutionary basis of human thinking.
Keywords: science; psychology; evolution; rationality; groks
|Absolutely Small -- Groks Science Show 2011-08-31 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Quantum mechanics may seem to be an intimidating topic, yet it is fundamental to understanding the everyday world. On this program, Prof. Michael Fayer discussed how quantum theory explains our everyday world.
Keywords: science; quantum mechanics; physics; groks
|Sleep Diet -- Groks Science Show 2013-03-13 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Americans eat too much. They drink too much. They just about do everything in excess, except sleep. On this program, Prof. Kenneth Wright discussed how lack of sleep influences our metabolism and its effect on weight gain.
Keywords: sleep, circadian, weight gain, metabolism, melatonin
|groks564 - Joanna Rowell|
Bacteria are everywhere. They have been around on this planet for 4 billion years, and have permeated every environmental niche on the planet, including our own bodies! We are, after all, composed of 10 trillion human cells and 100 trillion bacterial cells. But how do you study the Earth's microbiome, and what influence do these bacteria have on our daily lives? On this episode, microbial ecologist Jack Gilbert joins us to discuss a very exciting collaborative study, the "Earth Microbiome Projec...
Keywords: microbiome; ecology; microbiology; Jack Gilbert; big data; Earth Microbiome Project
|Snowflake Physics -- Groks Science Show 2007-01-03 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. But, what are the physical processes that underlie the formation of snowflakes, and how can this process be reproduced? On this program, Prof. Kenneth Libbrecht discussed the physics of snowflakes.
Keywords: science; physics; snowflake
|Career Science -- Groks Science Show 2011-04-13 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Becoming a professional scientist requires years of education culminating in an advanced degree. Yet, navigating a career in science requires more than just an advanced degree. On this program, Peter Feibelman discussed forging a career in science.
Keywords: science; graduate school; careers; technology; groks
|Belief Biology -- Groks Science Show 2006-12-20 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The origin of our belief systems may have strong biological underpinnings. On this program, Prof. Andrew Newberg discussed the biology of our beliefs.
Keywords: science; belief; biology